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David K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2741) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Joanne Weiner Rudof

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2741

Videotape testimony of David K., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1924. He describes the rich and cultured Jewish prewar life in Kraków; his happy childhood; German occupation in 1939; his uncle's unsuccessful attempts to help his family emigrate through Brussels to Uruguay; fleeing to Ciężkowice; his deportation to a labor camp in Pustków; his shock at the brutal shooting of a prisoner; forced labor building sewers; observing Jewish holidays; his sickness and hospitalization; returning to Ciężkowice; imprisonment with his father in Tarnów; returning to Ciężkowice; and his deportation to a labor camp in Mielec (he never saw his family again). Mr. K. relates receiving a last letter from his father; slave labor in a Heinkel airplane factory; attending a seder; hearing about Sobibor and not believing it; transfer to Wieliczka, then Flossenbürg; transfer to Hersbruck, then back to Flossenbürg; working as a mechanic in a privileged group; aid from a German foreman; hunger and beatings; evacuation in cattle cars to Schwarzenfeld; a death march; liberaiton by United States troops; transfer to the Weiden displaced persons camp; moving to Weidenau; marriage; Jewish community life in Weidenau; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Mr. K. shows ritual objects which he and his father had buried and his uncle recovered after the war.

Author/Creator
K., David, 1924-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
Interview Date
December 15, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
David K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2741). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.